Steph Curry, Klay Thompson carry Warriors to Western Convention finals

Klay Thompson knocked down eight 3-pointers on the best way to 30 factors and Stephen Curry scored 29 factors with six 3s, because the Golden State Warriors superior to the Western Convention finals by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in recreation 6 on Friday night time.

Curry discovered his capturing contact late and made two straight baskets late within the third for a 78-77 lead getting into the ultimate 12 minutes. Draymond Inexperienced contributed 14 factors, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Kevon Looney grabbed 22 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of his 18 factors within the fourth with a pair of well timed 3s.

Golden State — eradicated by Memphis within the play-in match final yr — withstood a testy sequence to advance to the convention finals for the primary staff since 2019, when the franchise reached its fifth straight NBA Finals earlier than dropping to Toronto within the deciding Recreation 6 .

The third-seeded Warriors will face the Phoenix-Dallas winner within the convention finals. Recreation 7 of that sequence is Sunday in Phoenix.

“Whoop that trick!” the delighted, raucous dwelling crowd chanted within the waning moments, the followers’ steal away from Memphis.

Dillon Brooks scored 30 factors with a career-best seven 3-pointers however picked up his second flagrant foul of the sequence. Desmond Bane added 25 factors.

Curry checked again in for the ultimate 8:21 and delivered a 3 with 5:45 remaining off a gorgeous bounce go by Inexperienced. Looney discovered Inexperienced for a straightforward dunk the subsequent time down, capping a decisive 10-0 run.

After Wednesday’s 134-95 debacle on the Grizzlies’ dwelling flooring by which they trailed by as many as 55 factors, the Warriors had been decided to do the whole lot higher, particularly reducing down on the 22 turnovers resulting in 29 factors.

Bane scored the primary two baskets of the sport earlier than the Warriors ran off 10 consecutive factors, with a pair of layups by Inexperienced and a 3 by each Curry and Thompson.

Looney began after Jonathan Kuminga had the earlier three video games following the damage to protect Gary Payton II. He broke his left elbow in an ungainly fall after being hit over the pinnacle by Brooks in Recreation 2 that earned Brooks a Flagrant 2 foul and one-game suspension.

He was booed loudly once more at each probability by the sellout crowd at Chase Middle. When Payton was proven on the massive display throughout a first-quarter timeout, he obtained a rousing ovation and touched his hand to his coronary heart earlier than encouraging them to get louder.

Memphis once more performed with out All-Star guard already Morantwho missed his third straight recreation with a bone bruise in his troublesome proper knee that the Grizzlies blamed on Jordan Poole pulling on the knee whereas going for a free ball in Recreation 3.

Middle Steven Adams limped off gingerly on his proper ankle and headed to the locker room 3:23 earlier than halftime however returned. On the similar time, Brooks obtained a Flagrant foul 1 for taking down Curry and the Grizzlies ahead and Thompson had been hit with double technicals.

Reporting by Related Press.

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